be allowed in state tuition rates if parents paid taxes and they attended local public schools. opponents say other taxpayers should not be made to foot the bill for people not here legally. andrea mccarren was at today's rally. >> i love this country. when i say home, i mean here. >> i do consider myself an american. >> up, up with education, down, down with deportation. >> they are among the so- called dreamers. students whose parents brought them into this country illegally. >> my mom even says that you are more american than spanish anymore. you still get confused in spanish words. i'm like yeah, i know. >> a cancer survivor who says his surgery at johns hopkins saved his life. rickie wants to share his gratitude. >> i have to give back to society. i think the way i want to do it is becoming a doctor and save lives, just as my life was saved once. >> opponents of the dream act call it a bad investment for maryland taxpayers. brad of help save maryland calls it criminal. and says it would cost taxpayers $44,000 per student. >> it's part of life. not everybody is going to like you.